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Orthopedics and physical therapy - prevention and rehabiliation

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Orthopedics and physical therapy not only proverbially help patients back on their feet. They are also supposed to cure, improve or maintain the functionality of the human musculoskeletal system. Also the search for causes of injuries plays a significant role such as in the cases of spinal disk herniation or cartilage degradation. Learn in our Topic of the Month, why people even fly into space for this.


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Photo: Prof. Hans-Joachim Wilke

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Spinal disc herniation: causal research with the simulator

Herniated discs do not appear to come as suddenly as patients often report, but rather develop over an extended period of time. Researchers in Ulm, Germany, are investigating the effects of many dynamic motion cycles on one individual spinal disc with a stress simulator. Professor Joachim Wilke explains in his interview at MEDICA.de what they want to find out about the origin of herniated discs and how this simulator works.

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Photo: Wheelchair driver in front of some stairs

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HAL Exoskeleton – A Step toward Independence?

Even though exoskeletons for people requiring a wheelchair are nothing new, they are still controversial. After all, at first glance they suggest a miracle recovery. The fact that this is not the actual intention of the robot suit however is often being neglected. In fact, exoskeletons facilitate a special form of therapy that returns at least a small portion of independence to the respective person.

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Photo: Dr. Anna-Maria Liphardt

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Laboratory in Space: Hot on the Trails of Cartilage Degradation

On November 10, 2014, astronaut Alexander Gerst will return to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS). He is not just anxiously expected by his family, but also by Dr. Anna-Maria Liphardt from the Institute of Biomechanics and Orthopedics at the German Sport University Cologne.

Read the interview with Dr. Anna-Maria Liphardt
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